This is the first installment of a two-part series highlighting recent Integrated Behavioral Treatment Model (IBTM) practices at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF). The overarching objective of rehabilitation is to make California safer. By providing the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and to reinforce better decision making with positive reinforcement during incarceration, the IBTM elevates the rehabilitation of youthful offenders to a higher level of receptivity resulting in intrinsic change.
Youth at NCYCC’s O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (OHC) and neighboring N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NAC) earned participation in a bevy of summer break activities in July by not exhibiting violent behavior. Staff organized recreational events each day of the month. NCYCC Superintendent Linda Bridges said youth showed trepidation in the first few days ― though that atmosphere quickly dissipated.
Words earnestly escaped Malik Wade as he paced housing units inside O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. Youth nodded respectfully in Wade’s direction as he stayed illuminated in the harsh light of high windows. With raw emotion, Wade explained his past incarceration and the life principles that guided his path to post-prison success so vividly, you felt like you could paint it. The author, entrepreneur, mentor and nonprofit founder is a regular speaker in county correctional facilities, but his trek to O.H. Close represented his first outreach to youthful offenders serving time with the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
In May, Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) students at Mary B. Perry High School hosted another Project Based Learning (PBL) exhibition, a modern humanitarianism study highlighting the narrative of Frederick Douglass, an African American slave who lived in the 1800s and became a national abolitionist, world-class orator, celebrated intellectual and author.
It took 49 years for the Los Angeles Rams to move their National Football League franchise to St. Louis and another 21 years to make an emphatic return to the City of Angels in 2016. Two years later, the program has its sight set on Ventura ― for outreach, not relocation. Rams players Troy Hill, Ethan Westbrooks and Dominique Hatfield joined a team of former players and Rams Community Affairs staff at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYFC) May 19 for a special event, reaching the hearts, minds, and even feet of youthful offenders.